Behind the wheel of a snow plow

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) There’s no snow on the ground yet but Beavercreek is making sure its ready for the first big storm.  The city showed off its fleet of trucks and allowed our very own meteorologist Tara Hastings behind the drivers seat.

The trucks are cleaned and ready to plow the five hundred and 50 miles of streets in Beavercreek. But it takes a lot of training, patience and multitasking to drive one of these plows.

John Woltja Street Superintendent Beavercreek says, “They’re going to be driving their plow, the plow goes back and forth so they’re driving the plows, the truck and the spinner and making sure salt is up. So these guys are multitasking.”

Sitting behind the wheel of one of these plow trucks you can tell how difficult it is to see small objects.  Mike Winterbotham has been a plow driver for four years sat in the passenger seat while I was trying to drive a course of cones and barrels.

“Take your time and go slow and try to go around the cones there,” Winterbotham coaches me.

Navigating the course wasn’t easy.  A make shift cul-de-sac was one part of the training.  There are about six hundred of these in the city and it can take up to ten minutes to clear the snow.

“When you’re plowing a cul-de-sac you have a big area with not many areas to put the snow. You have drive ways, a fire hydrant and usually a car or two,” Woltja explains.

There’s cones and mailboxes and I have to avoid both of them.

Winterbotham says, “Don’t hit the cone. You hit the cone but that’s all right.”

Drivers have to go through extensive training.  They ask you leave them plenty of room when on the roads and slow down when you see a truck.

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